Category: Hawaii

Google Street View Trike | Photo by Burt Lum

Google Street View Team Back in Honolulu [Updated]

Google Street View is going off-road in Hawaii. Or, at least, on college campuses on O’ahu. My friend and radio co-host Burt Lum snapped the above photo this morning on the Kapiolani Community College campus, where the Google Street View Trike is now riding through all of the school’s walking...

Clean Energy App Brings Green Tech to Students

Clean Energy App Brings Green Tech to Students

In Hawaii, we’re surrounded by clean energy projects. We’ve got solar farms, wind farms, biofuel producers, geothermal and wave energy experiments… researchers are branching out, venture capitalists are moving in, and federal funds are flowing. And it seems as if every hot new electric car hits our streets early. While...

Sarah Vowell Tackles Hawaii’s Annexation

Sarah Vowell Tackles Hawaii’s Annexation

The story of Hawaii’s annexation deserves a wider audience. I’ve often thought the drama and conflict was tailor made for a Hollywood blockbuster, but I also know Hollywood well enough to bet such an “adaptation” could easily be the worst thing to happen to Hawaii’s history, instead. The reception for...

Maui Man Plans Yearlong Shirt Showcase

Maui Man Plans Yearlong Shirt Showcase

A Maui entrepreneur is rebooting his life with the new year, wearing a different T-shirt every day in 2011 as he embarks on new adventures. After dabbling in designing novelty T-shirts, car wash manager turned consultant Erik Blair is shaking up his wardrobe with The Year of Living Humorously (previously MyShirtForRent.com). Blair...

iPad App: MovieBuddy

iPad App: MovieBuddy

The MovieBuddy app for iPad, conceived and developed in part in Hawaii, takes a great thing and tries to make it even better. Netflix is everywhere. Not content to destroy the likes of Blockbuster, the DVD rental company is leading the way in the inevitable shift toward streaming media. Getting...

Kava Festival at UH on Saturday

Kava Festival at UH on Saturday

Scientists call it piper methysticum, or “intoxicating pepper,” but in Hawaii, it’s known as ‘awa. Studied and used by people as diverse as researchers, nutritionists, and native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, this plant and the products derived from it will again be explored and shared at the Hawaii Pacific Island Kava...

Hawaii Group Buying Hitting Its Stride

Hawaii Group Buying Hitting Its Stride

My inbox runneth over with great deals. Back in June, I noted how the group buying trend was taking hold in Hawaii. Tippr was launching in Honolulu, following in the footsteps of PlayHawaii, and competitors LivingSocial and industry leader Groupon were promising to launch here soon. My KIPO radio co-host friend Burt...

Free Museum Admission on Saturday

Free Museum Admission on Saturday

Saturday brings the sixth annual “Museum Day” across the country, in which hundreds of museums across the country offer free admission to re-introduce the public to their collections. This year, there are nine participating museums in Hawaii: ‘Iolani Palace (Honolulu) Bailey House Museum (Maui) Honolulu Academy of Arts (Honolulu) Mission...

Abercrombie & Schatz and Fast Fashion

Abercrombie & Schatz and Fast Fashion

To island democratic voters, “Abercrombie & Schatz” sounds like the ticket to a brighter future for Hawaii. But for many people, “Abercrombie & Schatz” also sounds like a clothing line. On Saturday night, as it became obvious that former U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie was going to trounce former Honolulu mayor...

Adventures in Open Data

Adventures in Open Data

Local news startup Civil Beat today posted a piece on the names and salaries of state House and Senate members and staff. As before, they posted a watermarked PDF on Slideshare with the download feature disabled, and invited people to become “full members” to use their searchable database. But if...

Hawaii Roads Ranked Among Worst in Nation

Hawaii Roads Ranked Among Worst in Nation

“State highway conditions are the best they’ve been in 19 years,” proclaims the Reason Foundation in its 19th Annual Highway Report. Unfortunately, the Aloha State was ranked 47th overall, ahead of only California, Alaska, and Rhode Island. In fact, while Hawaii — perhaps unsurprisingly — has the fewest state-controlled highway...

Hawaii’s Five Game Developers

Hawaii’s Five Game Developers

Last month, I blogged about an Entertainment Software Association report that said the Hawaii video game industry had added $23 million to the local economy. The report said that the revenue was generated by five “Interactive Entertainment Software Locations.” I asked if anyone knew who those five developers were. Local...

Hawaii Government Sites Earn National Acclaim

Hawaii Government Sites Earn National Acclaim

Two Hawaii e-government initiatives received national recognition for excellence today. The Center for Digital Government announced the latest Digital Government Achievement Awards and the Best of the Web Awards. The state’s eBench Warrant system received a Digital Government Achievement Award in the Government-to-Government category. Meanwhile, the official site for Maui...

LOST Locations Tours Upgraded

LOST Locations Tours Upgraded

The best “LOST” filming locations tours have gotten even better. Ed Kos of Kos Tours announced today that he has secured access to some new, well-known but well hidden, “LOST” sets. Dubbed “LOST Valley,” the secluded spot includes several iconic structures: The Hydra and its the polar bear cages,  The Orchid (or...

Inouye, Akaka Get Low “Digital I.Q.” Scores

Inouye, Akaka Get Low “Digital I.Q.” Scores

Hawaii’s representatives in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Daniel Inouye and Sen. Daniel Akaka, have less than stellar “Digital I.Q.” scores, according to a new study by researchers at George Washington University and New York University. “Digital I.Q.” was defined as “an individual’s online competence including his or her presence on...

iPad App: Flickpad

iPad App: Flickpad

Digital cameras and online galleries have transformed how we take, organize, and share pictures. But part of me misses the simple, organic fun of casually sifting through a pile of photos. Enter Flickpad. Conceived and co-programmed in Hawaii, Flickpad offers a unique and instantly intuitive way to explore the photos...

Crowdsourcing My Mouth

Crowdsourcing My Mouth

On Saturday morning, I cracked a tooth. Having not seen a dentist in over a decade, and having shunned the dental profession most of my life, I had no idea what to do. Being the hapless nerd I am, I immediately tweeted about it. Fortunately, I received a flood of...

CitizenGulf Hawaii to Benefit Gulf Coast

CitizenGulf Hawaii to Benefit Gulf Coast

New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region were still recovering from Hurricane Katrina five years ago when the BP oil spill further devastated its communities. Next week, events are being held across the country to help fishing families find a new, more sustainable future by providing an educational program for...

iPad App: Bartleby’s Book of Buttons [Updated]

iPad App: Bartleby’s Book of Buttons [Updated]

“Bartleby’s Book of Buttons Vol. 1: The Far Away Island” [iTunes Link] is a new iPad application for kids (and playful adults) that embraces everything that makes the Apple device special. It’s a kind of “digital pop-up book” that engages readers in ways that no dead tree could, and it...